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Government weighs removing verifiable vaccination requirement for Cayman arrivals

The requirement to present a QR code in order to demonstrate an arriving passenger has been verifiably vaccinated could soon be off the table for those travelling to Cayman, according to Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan.

MoT receives hundreds of additional tourism stipend applications

 The Ministry of Tourism said the process to verify 442 additional stipend applications has begun.

Tourism ministry in talks to bring cruise ships back to Cayman

The Ministry of Tourism is vying for Cayman to be added as a first port of call as part of efforts to allow cruise ships to safely return to the islands.

Tourism minister: BA to resume ‘regular schedule’ from September

Minister of Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan said, from 9 Sept., when Cayman has a soft reopening of its borders for commercial flights, British Airways plans to resume its "regular flight schedule" between London and Grand Cayman.

Gov’t tells tourism industry 80% remains as vaccination target

The government has rejected calls from the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to reconsider its target to vaccinate 80% of the population against COVID-19 before launching a soft reopening of the borders to tourists.

Bryan seeking to put Caymanians at forefront of tourism

The survey of displaced tourism workers currently receiving the government stipend will also serve as a skills assessment to help link them with job and training opportunities, Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan has said.

Deadline for tourism stipend survey extended

The Ministry of Tourism has extended the deadline for the tourism-stipend survey from today until Tuesday, 6 July, as at least 600 people who are receiving the monthly payments have not yet completed it.

Lee: Cayman days away from accepting EU vaccination certificates

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has said that Cayman could be just days away from accepting electronically verifiable European Union COVID vaccination certificates.

Gov’t considers 5-day quarantine, mandatory vaccines for work-permit holders

The Cayman Islands government is considering reducing the quarantine period for vaccinated travellers from 10 days to five days, and making it mandatory for work permit holders to be inoculated against COVID-19.

Vaccination Challenge goes to Cayman Brac

This Saturday, 22 May from 10am to 1pm, Minister of Tourism & Transport Hon. Kenneth Bryan and Minister of Health & Wellness Hon. Sabrina Turner, will be at the Aston Rutty Medical Wing to meet and greet Cayman Brac residents coming to get vaccinated ahead of the 9 June deadline for first doses.

Governor asks UK to include OTs in vaccine passport app

Cayman should be included in any vaccine passport project used by the UK, Governor Martyn Roper announced today.
George Town Central candidate Kenneth Bryan

Crosstalk debate: George Town Central

George Town Central candidate Kenneth Bryan joins Crosstalk host Barrie Quappe to discuss the issues affecting his district.
Leonardo Raznovich speaking at a 2016 conference on LGBT issues in the Caribbean.

Raznovich: Same-sex rights not open for political points

LGBTQ advocate and barrister Leonardo Raznovich wants Cayman’s MLAs to stop what he calls a “political contest” with the rights of same-sex individuals.

MLA canvasses voters ahead of Domestic Partnership Bill

MLA Kenneth Bryan held a snap poll at the Constitution Hall on Saturday to gauge whether his George Town Central constituents want him to...

Domestic Partnership Bill heads to LA

Legislators on Monday are set to debate the Domestic Partnership Bill, which seeks to provide a legal framework for same-sex couples to enter into a formal union.

Law named after missing DEH worker Anna Evans

Missing mom Anna Evans has been etched into the law books of the Cayman Islands as legislators agreed Wednesday night to rename the Presumption of Death Law in her memory.

Opposition parts way with Kenneth Bryan

The official Opposition and George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan have parted ways.

Bryan rejects Miller’s call for no confidence motion in House Speaker

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan rejects North Side MLA Ezzard Miller's call for no confidence motion in House Speaker McKeeva Bush.

Traffic the ‘number one issue’ for many legislators

For politicians anywhere east of George Town, traffic is the number one issue on the minds of their constituents.

Cayman/Jamaica visa disparity flagged

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan has called for swift action to resolve what he flagged as an unfair disparity in visa policy for Caymanian children travelling to Jamaica.

Climate change motion gets the green light

Local legislators have approved a private members’ motion calling for the creation of a climate change policy for the Cayman Islands.
Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush

Civil partnerships bill in the works

Government has started the process to create legislation to resolve the issue of same-sex unions in the Cayman Islands.
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Hiring of Oxitech’s former lead scientist queried

Opposition MLA Kenneth Bryan queries the Mosquito Research and Control Unit’s hiring of Oxitech’s former lead scientist.

Almost 200 applicants awaiting low-cost housing

A total of 196 applicants are awaiting low-cost homes at the National Housing Development Trust.

Bryan: The people should know their options on same-sex marriages

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan said he believed Cayman is still a far way off from being ready for independence. Bryan, referencing an article published in the Cayman Compass on 25 Nov. on the issue, said, “I hope that previous articles did not give the misconception that I am against any kind of same-sex relations or that I would go for independence as a result.”

Plans for national survey uncertain if referendum is delayed

The status of the Caymanian Voices National Survey remains uncertain should the 19 Dec. cruise port referendum be delayed due to legal action, CNVS...

‘Grand’ auto display draws crowd

Annual Grand Auto Showoff, known as ASO Six, thrills local car enthusiasts at the Lions Centre on Sunday.

Hundreds sign up for NiCE jobs

Hundreds of Caymanians filled the Lions Centre Wednesday morning seeking temporary jobs through the National Community Enhancement (NiCE) winter project. By 10am, the event had...

Miller supports civil partnerships

Former Opposition leader Ezzard Miller has given his backing to domestic partnerships legislation following the Court of Appeal’s ruling on same-sex marriage. The appeals panel...

Bryan drops raffle from Referendum Day survey

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan has withdrawn the raffle incentive from his planned Referendum Day survey. Bryan, the main organiser of the Caymanian Voice...

MLA Bryan pushing for voter survey

Member of the Legislative Assembly Kenneth Bryan said during a press conference on Thursday that the upcoming cruise port referendum is a unique opportunity for gauging public opinion on other topics. 

Opposition criticises government’s handling of cruise port petition

Opposition members on Wednesday described the government’s efforts to allow people to “unverify” their names on a petition calling for a referendum on the proposed cruise port as “dastardly” and undemocratic.

Government considering single-use plastics ban

Government has set up a committee to consider whether to ban single-use plastics.

Opposition members attend Commonwealth conference

Opposition Leader Arden McLean and MLAs Christopher Saunders and Kenneth Bryan will be attending the 44th annual conference of the Caribbean Americas and Atlantic region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which begins 15 July in Trinidad.

The issue explained: How the referendum process works

Here, we look at the key questions around the referendum process, and how they were answered.

Kenneth Bryan rejoins the opposition

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan has rejoined the ranks of the official opposition. Bryan left the opposition alliance nearly two years ago. The group’s leaders said his return is expected to strengthen and diversify the group.

Bryan calls to expand port referendum to include gambling and skyscrapers

George Town independent legislator Kenneth Bryan is urging government to poll the public on gambling, same-sex unions and skyscrapers as well as the cruise port project, if and when a referendum is called.

What are the business interests of Cayman’s government officials?

A recent court case raised concerns about elected representatives' potential business interests with private citizens.

Same-sex marriage: What your representative said on the issue

Cayman Islands legislators unanimously backed a private members’ motion last week supporting government to appeal the decision by the chief justice that legalised same-sex marriage to the “full extent of the appeals process”.

Bryan seeks full Caymanian leadership

Should all leadership positions in Cayman be reserved for sons of the soil? George Town Central legislator thinks so.

Scranton community comes together to revive park

Wielding rakes, machetes and trash cans, the small army of volunteers hacked through the undergrowth and cleared trash from the site Saturday. Local businesses donated heavy equipment to assist with the clearing, which continues this week.

MLA’s poll shows little support for port

As opinion polls go, it may not be the largest data set, but MLA Kenneth Bryan’s personal survey of his central George Town constituency offers little encouragement to the government over its cruise berthing plan for the capital.

Community seeks to breathe new life into playground

Amid the debris of a run-down community playground in central George Town, a small crew is getting to work.

Tourism minister quizzed over port campaign spending

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has denied that any public funds were spent on advertising that suggests signing the petition for a referendum on the cruise port amounts to a no-vote for the project.

MLA Bryan wants new meeting to air all views on port project

Independent MLA Kenneth Bryan, who represents George Town Central, said a Thursday night meeting on the pending cruise ship port project was meant to provide his constituents with relevant information and a forum where the future of the project could be discussed.

Light agenda for Cayman Brac Legislative Assembly session

A relatively light legislative agenda is expected when Cayman Islands lawmakers head to the Brac next week.

Governor Choudhury explores Grand Cayman

One advantage to being the governor in a tourist destination is getting to play the tourist.

Lawmakers reject motion to make fire, immigration chiefs Caymanian-only

After nearly four hours of debate on Thursday afternoon, the Legislative Assembly voted against a private members’ motion made by opposition legislator Kenneth Bryan to make the positions of chief fire officer and chief immigration officer Caymanian-only roles.

Cayman parliamentarian calls for climate action

Cayman Islands MLA Kenneth Bryan called on the Commonwealth Heads of Government last week to support the creation of a council to closely monitor the impacts of climate change on member states.

Cayman represented at Commonwealth forum

Delegates gathered at the first Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum in London this week.

Cayman’s most memorable photos of 2017

From hurricane hunting to a visiting boxing legend to soca on the streets of George Town, Cayman experienced another colorful, eventful year.

Byrne: We cannot ‘alienate’ young motorbikers

A group of local motorbike enthusiasts and opposition MLAs were surprised to hear what Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Derek Byrne told them during a private meeting Thursday night.

MLA cites increase in poor relief budget

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan is not convinced the Cayman Islands, or its citizens, are doing quite as well as the Progressives-led coalition government might believe.

Out of the shadows: Bryan parts with opposition

George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan said he has been “pushed out” of an alliance with opposition leaders and now will be independent of any voting blocs in the Legislative Assembly. The first sitting of the 2017-18 legislative session begins Wednesday, Aug. 23

Florida prosecutors: ‘Insufficient evidence’ against Speaker Bush

The Florida battery case against Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush was dropped last week due to insufficient evidence, according to documents obtained through the state’s open records law. Mr. Bush, 62, was arrested following a July 17 incident at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in South Florida.

Campaign donors partially revealed

Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital founder Dr. Steve Tomlinson contributed more than $194,000 to 10 political candidates during the final eight weeks of Cayman’s 2017 general election campaign.

Minister Rivers to lead ombudsman oversight group

Two of the Cayman Islands government’s independent offices – the information commissioner and the complaints commissioner – will be placed under the oversight of a five-person legislative committee that was appointed Wednesday.

Premier McLaughlin to lead 13-member coalition government

A coalition of 13 elected members of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly was sworn in Wednesday in downtown George Town, bringing an end to the political scramble that followed the territory’s May 24 general election.

Rebuffed by Progressives, Bryan vows to hold government accountable

Kenneth Bryan has vowed to be a vocal member of the opposition after his offer to be part of the government was rebuffed by the Progressives leadership.

EDITORIAL – One Man, One Vote: Lessons learned from the election

Instead of making Cayman’s districts smaller, more numerous and more inward-facing, officials should have done the opposite: Make the entirety of the Cayman Islands one single district, and allow residents to vote on the same slate of candidates.

Independents’ day: Coalition government looms

A disparate group of independent candidates triumphed in Wednesday’s general election, but they did not manage to win a 10-seat majority in the Legislative Assembly.

Candidates make last bid for votes

At least three rival rallies will take place across Grand Cayman Tuesday night as the independent candidates, the Cayman Democratic Party and the Progressives make their final pitch to voters before the midnight deadline for all campaigning to stop.

Rival supporters clash as campaign rallies heat up

Rival supporters crossed paths in the streets on Saturday as two political rallies intersected on a busy final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s general election. There were no reports of any physical violence.

Education: Candidates seek new solutions to familiar problems

“Every effort must be made to make our educational facilities and teaching staffs second to none. All children deserve and must have a full and complete education.” Those words, from a November 1965 post-election editorial in the old Tradewinds publication about the need to prepare Cayman’s students for the demands of a growing offshore finance center, could just have easily been written in 2017.

Candidates support leniency on marijuana

The concept of decriminalizing marijuana received universal support from all four candidates at Tuesday evening’s national election debate. Finance Minister Marco Archer and independent candidates Matthew Leslie, Kenneth Bryan and Austin Harris all said they support a more lenient approach when it comes to cannabis.

Full house sees Archer, Bryan clash

For two candidates engaged in one of the most hotly contested battles of the 2017 election, Kenneth Bryan and Marco Archer seem to agree on a lot of a broad policy goals.

Police: No record of ‘second’ arrest for candidate Bryan

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officials said Wednesday that they were unable to find any record of Premier Alden McLaughlin’s former political assistant being arrested a second time between 2013 and 2016.

EDITORIAL – The case against reckless speech: Exhibit ‘Alden’

The concept of free speech is the foundation upon which all other rights are based.

Premier focuses attacks on candidate Bryan

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin is not running against his former political assistant Kenneth Bryan in the May election, but you would not know it from the recent political rhetoric.

‘Politics’ seen in voter challenges

A political candidate, a politician’s sister, a murderer who was released on license and an elite athlete are among the Cayman Islands residents whose cases will be considered in hearings this week, just before the voters lists are finalized for the May 24 general election.

Record-setting Nomination Day: 63 hopefuls compete for 19 seats

A record 63 candidates will contest the Cayman Islands general election on May 24 after a frantic day of nominations across the country generated some surprises.

Legislature may go until last day

Government is running out of time to consider a long list of potential laws, including the Legal Practitioners Bill, the elimination of independent FOI and complaints commissioner’s offices and the establishment of local fuel market regulations, as lawmakers face the final three weeks of their current term.

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